Elastic Taping (KT) for Shoulder Impingement with Adults

Key Findings

Elastic taping may be useful therapy modalities in improving active ROM in painful shoulder.


Balki, S., Keklik, S., Ozturk, H., & Elden, H. (2013). Does Kinesio taping in addition to exercise therapy improve the outcomes in subacromial impingement syndrome? A randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial. Acta orthopaedica et traumatologica turcica47(2), 104-110.

Djordjevic, O. C., Vukicevic, D., Katunac, L., & Jovic, S. (2012). Mobilization with movement and kinesiotaping compared with a supervised exercise program for painful shoulder: results of a clinical trial. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics35(6), 454-463.

Thelen, M. D., Dauber, J. A., & Stoneman, P. D. (2008). The clinical efficacy of kinesio tape for shoulder pain: a randomized, double-blinded, clinical trial. journal of orthopaedic & sports physical therapy38(7), 389-395.

More EBP

ConditionShoulder Impingement
InterventionElastic Taping
VariablesPain, ROM
MeasuresPain, ROM
EvidenceGreen – Go
MethodsRandomized Cross-Sectional, RCT
  • Green evidence (Go) –  high-quality evidence indicating effectiveness.
  • Yellow evidence (Caution/Measure) – insufficient evidence exists.
  • Red evidence (Stop) – high-quality evidence indicating ineffectiveness.



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